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Big Dog,,,,,,,,,,, this is a question I think we all ask when planning our first trip,,,,,,, I know I did. Gotta think compact. And think of what is really needed,,,,,, no more.

Lay it all out, and decide what stays and what goes with you.

This is something I used, and it helped out very well.

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Ok Dusty,,,,,,,,,,, what tank bag you use? And does it effect your steering?

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I got it from Firecreek Accessories

Reg $175 - on sale for $135 and no problems with steering. Only tank bag that's made for the 1500. The stainless steel mounting plate, snaps in where the weather cover for the radio snaps in. Tilts forward when you need to add gas and still allows access to your radio controls. Good 'investment' and it stays on the bike 97% of the time. The bike looks naked to mewithout it on there.

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Hey Winger77, does your bike always take a nap like this?


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Now that is a true for sure spill proof coffee mug holder. That thing is still perfectly on axis. Kit

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Thanks Dusty,,,,,,,, I've seen that one berfore, and it does impress me. I know a couple other fellas on here has/had them and was will to let them go but I really didn't want to spend the $ back then. And I'm still not sure. In your pic it doesn't look as big/bulky as I thought they were.

Now I have to think again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and that hurts

Hi ya Kit,,,,,,,,,,,,, I like the way you see the good side of things


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Thanks Dusty,,,,,,,, I've seen that one berfore, and it does impress me. I know a couple other fellas on here has/had them and was will to let them go but I really didn't want to spend the $ back then. And I'm still not sure. In your pic it doesn't look as big/bulky as I thought they were.

Now I have to think again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and that hurts

Hi ya Kit,,,,,,,,,,,,, I like the way you see the good side of things
I had the Firecreek, still have it as a matter of fact.... took the mounting plate off by removing the hinge pin, gonna put some straps on it and use it on my ST1300. The bag is fairly roomy.... and well made. My biggest concern on the 1500 was that the front mounting system needed careful attention, without such attention the bag could dismount and fly into your lap at 70mph; and then every time I turned sharp left the horn would honk! Drove me stark raving............ finally got so I'd flip it up before turning!

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I've decided to embark on a new career as a tent camper...About a million years ago I was a boy scout, but most of that training has long since been forgotten.. I need a suggestion on what type of tent to buy...ie....one or 2 person pup tent...that can be strapped on the bike?? I'm looking for something decent...not overly expensive..
Got a little off the "TENT" question?...

Always a biggest tent possible = elbow room. We have a 8 person dome-tent for us 2& it's still a little tight. If you add a small table it'll double your floor space,it does take space but that space is where you could sleep. Just a matter of thinking outside the box a little.

Where to load that table? ? ? _ _ _ _ _ Having a trailer hitch on the bike can be used for more than a trailer, it's a great spot for acarrier, luggage, cooler, etc. Only drawback is the weight one can safely carry. Personally I've had my Wings tongue weight up around 90# (for a short time).Nominal weight on the bikes hitch, for long distance, might be about50#. That almost doubles the whole bikes luggage capacity, not bad! Could carry more if the roads weren't so horrendous, like Illinois.

Here is a foldable model, this one is designed forcars but a smaller one to fit the bike. (SEEIT)

Don't forget to tote a tarp or two, not just for rain but shade might be scarce out west, not to mention it'll break wind. (snicker)


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Oh boy,looks like everyone is jumping on the band wagon,,,,,, go ahead,,,, have your fun,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Cuz I had a "BLAST" And you guys are just making it even better.

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Like CJ says, pay attention when mounting it and listen for the 'click' when you snap in the rear mounting tab, then give it a little tug to make sure it's seated.

Re the horn button hitting the bag ... ya, it does happen on occasion, but notto thedegree of being bothersome/regular. CJ ... you're just gonna have to plan a little better, a little sooner!

The only time I remove mine is when I'm staying in hotels/motels, so, not that often.

It'll hold my camera, smokes, lighter, sunscreen, snacks, cell phone, MP3 player, I-Touch, rag, spare road maps, the above mentioned blank junction box cover and more.

At 1st I wished it was a little bigger, but after living with it this past year,I think it's just about the right size. I also ordered the additional 'map case' which snaps on and off in a jiffy. I do wish they made a rain cover for it. I thought maybe a ladies XL shower cap might fit, but that didn't even come close. A buddy of mine ended up getting a new tank bag for his Beemer and he gave me the cover off of his old one. Kinda looks like hell ..... but it works!

Being made of Black Cordura and sitting out in the sun all the time while riding, I gave mine a few treatments of 303 Sun Protectant, sort of like a high tec sunscreen for material. Nylon breaks down rather quickly due to the harsh UV rays. Still looking good after 40,000k this past summer.


Would I buy one again? ... Yup!


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